This model calculates the amount of water removed from mine tailings as it is placed and consolidates during accumulation. This model uses a relationship between the total mass of accumulated tailings and the density of that material. As the tailings amount increases, then the density also increases in a non-linear fashion. This relationship drives the moisture content down and therefore causes a release of water from the voids within the tailings. For this model, it is assumed that the tailings has an initial amount already placed at the beginning of the simulation and the slurry inflow remains unchanged for the first 5 years of the simulation.
Dave Hoekstra, SRK Consulting (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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